Seminar Detail

Early Intervention for Autism: Assessment & Treatment Strategies for Birth to 5

Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Join autism expert Susan Hamre, MA, CCC-SLP, and spend the day sharpening your critical observation skills at recognizing the early and subtle signs of autism. The behavioral differences between a neurotypical infant and one with autism are so subtle – easily missed and can become deeply ingrained in the child’s neurological system.

You will learn treatment techniques proven to interrupt and replace the development of many ‘coping behaviors’ exhibited by children with autism (ages 0-5), such as:
  • Meltdowns/tantrums
  • Sensory seeking/avoiding
  • Reduction of social reciprocity
  • Resistance to cuddling/being held
  • Repetitive behaviors
  • ’Stimming’
  • Reduced engagement
  • Hyper-focusing
  • Eating/sleeping challenges
  • Under-developed communication

This seminar can help eradicate the delay in obtaining early diagnoses, thereby giving children a greater chance of developing some form of a communication system. Through case examples, videos and lively class discussion, you will walk away with new and improved strategies, so that once a diagnosis is made, treatment can begin immediately.

Walk away with skills designed to:
  • Recognize subtle differences in neurotypical and at-risk infants
  • Identify the ‘red flags’ of autism in infants, toddlers and young children
  • Customize your treatment plans to each child’s unique challenges
  • Reduce insurance denials due to increased signs of progress
  • Provide you support to work with families and other professionals
  • Demonstrate results from evidence-based therapeutic strategies that can positively impact your clinical outcomes

  1. Describe the six developmental milestones found in young children.
  2. Identify the 14 ‘red flags’ found in a young child who is at-risk for autism.
  3. Recognize subtle differences in neurotypical and at-risk infants.
  4. Utilize six screening and assessment tools to determine if autism is present.
  5. Employ specific strategies/techniques to reduce/replace challenging behaviors inherent to autism.
  6. Distinguish play skills that may be missing in the social aspect of development.
  7. Design an intervention treatment plan customized to meet the needs of each individual child.


Susan Hamre, MA, CCC-SLP, is an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist with over 40 years of clinical, teaching and research experience with autism in the home, school, hospital and community settings. She owns and manages a private practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico that serves individuals from infancy to adulthood, with an emphasis on Early Intervention, autism and various other challenging conditions. A clinician at heart, Susan has personally provided treatment for children as young as nine months, on up. She has had the pleasure of working with some individuals and their families for over 20 years.

Susan is a national presenter teaching treatment strategies for autism to rehab professionals, mental health clinicians and educators. She provides autism trainings to First Responders (Crisis Intervention Teams, firefighters and EMT.) Susan was the Director of the Autism Training Center at Giant Steps in Illinois, where trained first responders, transportation systems, park districts, small and large venues, nursing colleges, medical centers, parent groups and public school systems. Years of professional experience backs up her ability to speak on this subject with conviction and passion.

Susan has made five Operation Smile mission trips; four to the Philippines and one to Africa. While those trips were medical in nature (cleft lip and palate), on every one of those trips, she was privy to identify the existence of probable autism, then steering the families in the right direction. Those situations underscore her belief that with trained eyes, the unique set of characteristics that cloak autism can be spotted at a very young age, in all sorts of environments and even when the same language is not being spoken.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Susan Hamre maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Susan Hamre has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

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